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Considered. I'm Audie Cornish and Mary Louise Kelley the government of Austria is in chaos. It started with a leaked video that appears to show, the country's vice chancellor promising government contracts to a Russian woman in exchange. He would buy stakes in an Austrian newspaper and use it to support the vice chancellor's party. That party would be the far right freedom. Party founded by former Nazis after World War Two until today, it was part of Austria's ruling coalition now. The vice chancellor is out, and so are all the other Freedom Party ministers. I'll tell us more about what this means for Austria. And for Europe, we're joined from Vienna by Valerie Hopkins of the financial times. Hey valerie. Hi, thanks for having me. Glad to have you with us. So lay out in a sustained two time pine as you can. But how do we get from this one, scandalous video to now? Five government officials haven't vacant their pros row. Well, this has been one of the most exciting weekends early weeks in Austria. I think it's postwar history on Friday night as everyone's heading home from work, all of a sudden, the social media networks, every renting with news, a news of a leaked video of the vice chancellor, of Austria Heinz, Christians have the far-right Freedom Party and his young protege in a villa any beats drunk, it'd be being the Spanish island where this video was filmed. Exactly just blathering on and on to a Russian woman, who they believed was the niece of a prominent Russian oligarch, and I'll just insert here that I have not had the opportunity to verify exactly what is being documented on this video, but what it has done is resolve these questions in Austria about the extent of. Russian influence in Australian politics. Is that right? Absolutely. And I mean it's funny because these are actually fake Russians. This is these are not necessarily people that were sent from the Kremlin, we don't really know the providence of the video some people believe it's an activist collective other people are speculating that some secret services of various countries were involved. But the most important thing to say is that vice chancellor struck. It hasn't denied any of the assertion, right. Well, let me ensured a practical question here. We're does this leave the government of Australia, whose church today? Oh my goodness. That crisis keeps deepening by the day yesterday. Some of the parties called for a vote of no confidence. The chancellor Sebastian courts was hoping that he could get rid of interior minister kinkle, who has also been the center of several scandals himself during the course of the eighteen months that they've been government, the other ministers of transport defense and labor said. We're going to leave too, so you're describing all sorts of the behind closed doors. Machinations going on here, but bottom line Austria prepares to go to bed tonight. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is still in charge of the government, but he doesn't have much of a government now that his coalition has fallen apart. Exactly, how is this playing as you're out, and about interviewing people on the streets of Vienna? Well in Vienna. People are extremely concerned, although Vienna has a very long history as a social democratic city. It's now in fact as red Vienna. But, you know, the first poll since the scandal came out yesterday and the Freedom Party lost a four to five percent, but they're still pulling at eighteen percent. So their core supporters remained, loyal and support their anti immigrant anti LGBT agenda in this all anybody's talking about. Oh my goodness. You can't avoid it. I mean the cafe on the ground floor of my apartment building has painted up on its windows. We're going to be everyone's moved on. From the shock to the speculation of the providence of the video, and the question of whether or not this vote of motion of no-confidence will go through Valerie Hopkins of the financial times speaking with us from Vienna. Thanks so much. Thank you very much for having me, the investigation into the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka has now spread to neighboring, India, the suspected mastermind of those attacks had spent time there. Authorities are looking at whether the region could become a new front for global jihad. NPR's Lauren Freyer reports from southern India, where she met families of some ISIS recruits, the these are the photos. How does she there? Is it senior into some path reefs through old photos of her daughter's dance, recitals as a girl, she was book? She studied to be a dentist then three years ago she converted to Islam and moved to Afghanistan. Authorities say she joined ISIS for a while, she still sent her mother voice messages. Yeah. Hi. Yeah. All the way from Afghanistan. Yeah. Being do smiles at a recording of the granddaughter. She's never met and wonders if she ever will six months ago, her daughter's phone line went silent..